By Jon Bream

I thought that Kiss, after waiting 10 years just to get on the ballot, would be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No such luck with the voters.

The hall announced its five new inductees on Tuesday: ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, the Hollies and the Stooges.
I voted for ABBA, the Stooges (once again and finally) and Kiss. I have no quarrels with either Genesis, though they became less interesting to me after Peter Gabriel’s departure, or Cliff, an early reggae icon thanks to the fabulous and landmark film “The Harder They Come” (whose soundtrack I wore out in the 1970s).
The Hollies? Graham Nash is a great guy with a pretty voice and great sense of harmony but the Hollies’ handful of hits doesn’t warrant their induction.
Kiss, on the other hand, revolutionized the music business – both as over-the-top escapist entertainment and as a business, setting new standards for concert production and merchandising. Kiss belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame.
Other finalists who didn’t make it into the Hall this year were Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, the Chantals and Laura Nyro.
The Hall of Fame's elitist nominating committee -- made up of talent managers, record label execs and other insiders -- determines who will be on the ballot. Voters are not allowed any write-ins. Five acts are inducted every year (it’s a TV show, remember? This induction will be live on Fuse.) An act is eligible 25 years after the release of its first recording.
The induction ceremony will be held March 15.
What do you think of this year's Rock Hall of Fame class?
 

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